It was a grey drizzly morning at Crawley Road, with recent drainage work being carried out, the pitch looked a little worn in places, but hopefully stand us in good stead for the future.
Whirlwinds kicked off, and started the brighter of the two sides, pre-match passing pattern instructions being carried out, so control of the ball and game was in their favour. They couldn’t quite turn the early possession into chances, a lack of quality in the final third preventing the opportunity to turn possession into goals. Gradually the away side fought their way back into the game, the ball spending more time in the air than on the ground with the home team regressing into bad habits, too many touches, too many short passes, heavy first touch, making it easy for Barton to close them off and win possession. One bright spot for the home side, Jake passed to Billy, he moved it quickly too Sam who travelled into space down the right, whipped a perfect back post cross where Ibu, all alone, rose well, but couldn’t quite get high enough, with the goal gaping, his header went over. It should have showed the home side the way to find success, alas it was the only time in the half they moved the ball quickly and with purpose, it was Barton who had the better of the chances, Nathan coming out to block one shot with the home defence too high and in no mans land, tipping another one over the bar, and Jake scrambling one off the goal line after a scramble, following a corner.
A dressing down at half time, we had started the game well enough, but regressed into recent poor habits, and lost control of the game.
With half time instructions still ringing in their ears, the home side again started the half well, moving the ball around efficiently enough and pressing Barton into their own half, again a lack of quality in and around the box their downfal, in turning possession into goals. Barton were hanging on, Sam the real bright spark in the home side, causing problems for the home defence, unfortunately his team mates weren’t on the same level today. Barton again grew in confidence as the half grew on, with the home side happy to present them with the ball either by taking too many touches, or with careless passing, and again it was the away side who finished the half the stronger, Nathan pulling off three great saves, to keep the scores level. A rare breach of the defence in the final few minutes, saw Ibu drive clear, but from a tight angle his shot was well saved.
Summary: It was unfortunately another poor performance from us, we look bright and sharp in training, but are struggling to take this on to the pitch, decision making is our main problem, we are not playing to our strengths, just need to back to basics, quick passing and movement, which the one time we did that in this game, brought us our only real goal threat in the game.
M.O.T.M: Not many contenders this week, only Sam of the outfield players played at anywhere near the level they are capable of. This weeks award goes to Nathan, who earned us a undeserved point, with 5 good saves.